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E body door panel crack

Posted By: 71ragtop

E body door panel crack - 02/03/20 01:36 AM

Has anyone had success in repairing a crack in an E body door panel, if so any tips or advice, thanks
Posted By: Mr T2U

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/03/20 12:13 PM

they can be plastic welded and repaired just like car bumpers
Posted By: PDR Dude

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/04/20 02:06 AM

One of those interior repair guys should be able to handle it. Most of those guys do excellent work. They can re-dye and re-grain the surface also. Should be less than $100.
Posted By: 71ragtop

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/04/20 02:54 AM

Thanks can you recommend a good interior company?
Posted By: PDR Dude

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/04/20 03:50 AM

Call or stop by one of your local car dealers. See who they use. Typically they'll share contact information...
Posted By: 440whiteboy

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/04/20 12:09 PM

Originally Posted by 71ragtop
Has anyone had success in repairing a crack in an E body door panel, if so any tips or advice, thanks


I used epoxy 2 part mix kit

Eastwood Company has many products -

type in the search box - plastic repair...
Posted By: Mr T2U

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/04/20 12:18 PM

Originally Posted by 440whiteboy
Originally Posted by 71ragtop
Has anyone had success in repairing a crack in an E body door panel, if so any tips or advice, thanks


I used epoxy 2 part mix kit

Eastwood Company has many products -

type in the search box - plastic repair...


i am a autobody tech and repair plastic regularly. the panels are made out of polypropylene type plastic. repair of this plastic require use of adhesion promoter with a special epoxy. make sure you use the correct products for the repair.
if you use the wrong products it will only be a temporary repair.
Posted By: Hrtbkr

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/06/20 05:09 PM

Hello Mr T@U. There's a bewildering number of products out there. Can you tell us what brand and part number you use? Thanks
Posted By: Mr T2U

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/07/20 12:00 AM

first a proper HOME repair might not be possible economically due to equipment costs and materials.
we use 3M plastic repair system at our shop.they are dual cartridge tubes with special mixing tips. they also require the use a special applicator gun to use also.
i think the cartridges are in the $75 range and 2 tips are included.
don't know what the gun costs, we got ours for free when we bought a starter repair pack.
the first test is cut a SMALL strip of plastic, put in in a small amount of water. push it to the bottom. if it floats you will need adhesion promoter before the epoxy.
adhesion promoter is also around $40.
sou might need a reinforcement mesh to support the repair also, depending on where the crack is.. i don't know what that costs.
after it's glued you will need plastic body filler material, plastic primer, them paint.

this is the cost to chemical repair. now if you find a body shop with a plastic welder the crack could probably be repaired in 15 min and the rod is $5.
them plastic body filler and primer. then paint.

our shop rarely uses glue to repair plastic anymore, depending on the plastic being repaired. most of it is welded. better repair, faster repair, stronger repair and cheaper repair.

SEE MY FIRST POST.
Posted By: mrob

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/07/20 02:01 PM

Hi MrT2U,

Not trying to hijack this post, but if the crack is in an area with texture (pebble grain) how do you restore the texture in the repaired area?
Posted By: Mr T2U

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/07/20 09:52 PM

when i screw up and break a interior trim panel that has texture. i clamp the broken area to keep the crack as small as possible then just weld the back side of the panel. if you do it properly the crack is barely noticeable.
i don't repair interior parts often. but when the interior trim guys do a repair they have textured panels and mold the texture back into the repaired area.
Posted By: Neil

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/07/20 11:36 PM

Would the end of the crack need to be stop drilled before repairing?

I always do that on grilles to keep it from restarting again. Never done a door panel though...…...
Posted By: Mr T2U

Re: E body door panel crack - 02/07/20 11:40 PM

wouldn't hurt
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